The Agile Landscape v3

When you say you use “Agile” you’re going to need to be a little more clear.

Using Parcel.js in an ASP.NET Core Application

Parcel.js is a “Blazing fast, zero configuration web application bundler.” In this post, we’re going to take an ASP.NET Core website template that uses Bootstrap 4 and set it up to use Parcel-generated bundles instead.

ASP.NET Core supports bundling and minifying static assets at design-time using the community supported BuildBundlerMinifier package that can be configured in a bundleconfig.json file. However it’s not well suited for scenarios that would benefit from a deploy-time bundling strategy, i.e. assets are built during deployment and output files are not checked in.

Source: Using Parcel.js in an ASP.NET Core Application

Agile Vs. Lean: Yeah Yeah, What’s the Difference?

In a nutshell, Lean says to relentlessly eliminate anything that isn’t adding value and only work on what we absolutely need to be doing at this moment in time. Eliminating waste means eliminating useless meetings, tasks and documentation. But it also means eliminating time spent building what “we know” we’ll need in the future (things are constantly changing so we often end up not needing them – or if we do, we have to rework them because conditions and our understanding has changed by then). It also means eliminating inefficient ways of working – like multitasking (!) – so we can deliver fast.

Lean also puts a very strong emphasis on what it calls “the system” – that is, the way that the team operates as a whole. We always need to be looking at our work from a top level to ensure we’re optimizing for the whole. For example, many managers want to “optimize” individual developers by ensuring they’re always at 100% – but most of the time, this is actually counter-productive. Let’s not have people coding something that isn’t needed (or fully defined yet) just for the sake of coding, because that actually creates more work for us in the future (see: Why You Should Let Your Developers Surf).

Source: Agile Vs. Lean: Yeah Yeah, What’s the Difference? – The Hacker Chick Blog

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans

“People think that data is in the cloud, but it’s not,” said Jayne Stowell, who oversees construction of Google’s undersea cable projects. “It’s in the ocean.”

Source: How the Internet Travels Across Oceans – The New York Times

T-Mobile identified 10 billion scam calls via its Scam Block tools.

T-Mo also confirmed today that it’s identified more than 10 billion calls as “Scam Likely” ever since it began offering its Scam ID and Scam Block tools nearly two years ago.

Source: T-Mobile expanding Caller Verified to more phones, touts 10 billion scam calls identified – TmoNews

No we don’t have a problem. How many calls do we need to do something about it?

Dimensions.Guide | Database of Dimensioned Drawings

Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world. Created as a universal resource to better communicate the basic properties, systems, and logics of our built environment, Dimensions.Guide is a free platform for increasing public and professional knowledge of life and design.

Source: Dimensions.Guide | Database of Dimensioned Drawings

Phaser – A fast, fun and free open source HTML5 game framework

A fast, free and fun open source framework for Canvas and WebGL powered browser games.

Source: Phaser – A fast, fun and free open source HTML5 game framework

How to buy the best SD card for your camera, phone, tablet

For example, say you have no-name action cam that records at 4K 30fps. Based on the chart below, a Class 10 card should work, with a V10 card being mostly interchangeable. If you have a creepy nanny-cam in your kid’s bedroom that records grainy 1080p 30fps video in night mode, a Class 6 should work just fine.

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SD Association

If you’re buying solely for video in an action cam or similar device, the most important marking is the Speed Class. Match the colorful bars on the right to the specs in the columns on the left to determine which specs work for your device.

Source: How to buy the best SD card for your camera, phone, tablet | PCWorld


Magic at its very core is simply limiting the number of people that know the secret.

NCurses Disk Usage

Ncdu is a disk usage analyzer with an ncurses interface. It is designed to find space hogs on a remote server where you don’t have an entire graphical setup available, but it is a useful tool even on regular desktop systems. Ncdu aims to be fast, simple and easy to use, and should be able to run in any minimal POSIX-like environment with ncurses installed

Source: NCurses Disk Usage

On Ubuntu, it can be installed using APT

sudo apt-get install ncdu

On OS X, it can be installed using Homebrew:

brew install ncdu